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BEWÄHRUNGSABZEICHEN zum KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 2nd CLASS – BRAUNSCHWEIG

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This is a lovely example of the War Service Cross 2nd Class with Special Gallantry Device. The Duchy of Braunschweig and the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg were the only two German states to offer their Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalents with an extra device attached to signify extraordinary bravery during combat. I like to refer to is as a War Service Cross 2nd Class “and a half.” It was just a step down from the War Service Cross 1st Class, but higher than the unadorned version.
The 2nd Class version is already somewhat unusual, since it is more prinzengroße-sized. It measures 1 ¼” x 1 ¼.” The bronze-toned cross features a crown at its top, along with Herzog Ernst August’s cypher, and the date 1914. [Ernst August was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son-in-law, married to his only daughter, Viktoria Luise (Vikki Lu to the Germans)]. The medal’s reverse simply states “Für Verdienst im Kriege.”
The gallantry device is mounted on the yellow and blue Braunschweig ribbon. It consists of a wreath that features a horse’s profile. The wreath is topped by Braunschweig’s Crown and features a pair of crossed swords at its bottom. It is a fine decoration – one that is becoming increasingly difficult-to-find.

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This is a lovely example of the War Service Cross 2nd Class with Special Gallantry Device. The Duchy of Braunschweig and the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg were the only two German states to offer their Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalents with an extra device attached to signify extraordinary bravery during combat. I like to refer to is as a War Service Cross 2nd Class “and a half.” It was just a step down from the War Service Cross 1st Class, but higher than the unadorned version.
The 2nd Class version is already somewhat unusual, since it is more prinzengroße-sized. It measures 1 ¼” x 1 ¼.” The bronze-toned cross features a crown at its top, along with Herzog Ernst August’s cypher, and the date 1914. [Ernst August was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son-in-law, married to his only daughter, Viktoria Luise (Vikki Lu to the Germans)]. The medal’s reverse simply states “Für Verdienst im Kriege.”
The gallantry device is mounted on the yellow and blue Braunschweig ribbon. It consists of a wreath that features a horse’s profile. The wreath is topped by Braunschweig’s Crown and features a pair of crossed swords at its bottom. It is a fine decoration – one that is becoming increasingly difficult-to-find.

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This is a lovely example of the War Service Cross 2nd Class with Special Gallantry Device. The Duchy of Braunschweig and the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg were the only two German states to offer their Iron Cross 2nd Class equivalents with an extra device attached to signify extraordinary bravery during combat. I like to refer to is as a War Service Cross 2nd Class “and a half.” It was just a step down from the War Service Cross 1st Class, but higher than the unadorned version.
The 2nd Class version is already somewhat unusual, since it is more prinzengroße-sized. It measures 1 ¼” x 1 ¼.” The bronze-toned cross features a crown at its top, along with Herzog Ernst August’s cypher, and the date 1914. [Ernst August was Kaiser Wilhelm II’s son-in-law, married to his only daughter, Viktoria Luise (Vikki Lu to the Germans)]. The medal’s reverse simply states “Für Verdienst im Kriege.”
The gallantry device is mounted on the yellow and blue Braunschweig ribbon. It consists of a wreath that features a horse’s profile. The wreath is topped by Braunschweig’s Crown and features a pair of crossed swords at its bottom. It is a fine decoration – one that is becoming increasingly difficult-to-find.

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